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2017 NFL Mock Draft Round 2: Day 2 Predictions After Round 1 Results

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Offensive lineman Cam Robinson of Alabama looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Front offices made huge statements in the 2017 NFL draft, trading up for quarterbacks despite the heavy criticism aimed at this class.

ESPN's Ron Jaworski didn't feel any of the incoming passers deserved first-round consideration. Yet three teams moved up to claim their signal-callers.

The Chicago Bears started the trend when they decided to flip spots with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2, as noted by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The #Bears trade up and take… QB Mitchell Trubisky. WOW

The Kansas City Chiefs may have used a smokescreen to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes at No. 10, per Bleacher Report's Matt Miller:

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Reported early #Chiefs were going up for LB. No one thought Mahomes would be here.

The Houston Texans couldn't land Tony Romo in the offseason. On Thursday, they decided to trade with the Cleveland Browns to pick Deshaun Watson at No. 12. According to Rapoport, the Browns worked the phones to try to acquire Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Wow. Cleveland is trying to trade for Kirk Cousins. This is real.

It's clear the haves and the have-nots in the league are separated by decent quarterback play. Despite all the talk about the less-than-stellar talent at the position, three signal-callers came off the board via trade-up within the top 12 picks.

Alabama prospect Reuben Foster went in the opposite direction. As far as talent, he's the best linebacker in the draft. However, an offseason filled with negative headlines dropped him to No. 31.

What should we expect in Round 2 on Friday? Several prospects with borderline first-round grades will be available. Where do they land?

NFL Mock Draft—Round 2
PickTeamSelection
33Green Bay Packers (from Browns)Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
34Seattle Seahawks (from 49ers)Kevin King, CB, Washington
35Jacksonville JaguarsCam Robinson, OT, Alabama
36Chicago BearsMalik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
37Los Angeles RamsZach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
38Los Angeles ChargersForrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
39New York JetsQuincy Wilson, CB, Florida
40Carolina PanthersTaylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
41Cincinnati BengalsRyan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
42New Orleans SaintsDavis Webb, QB, California
43Philadelphia EaglesChidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
44Buffalo BillsZay Jones, WR, East Carolina
45Arizona CardinalsDeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
46Indianapolis ColtsTim Williams, OLB, Alabama
47Baltimore RavensChris Godwin, WR, Penn State
48Minnesota VikingsDan Feeney, OG, Indiana
49Washington RedskinsDalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
50Tampa Bay BuccaneersTarell Basham, DE, Ohio
51Denver BroncosBudda Baker, FS, Washington
52Cleveland Browns (from Titans)Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
53Detroit LionsJordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
54Miami DolphinsDuke Riley, OLB, LSU
55New York GiantsChris Wormley, DT, Michigan
56Oakland RaidersRaekwon MacMillan, ILB, Ohio State
57Houston TexansAlex Anzalone, OLB, Florida
58Seattle SeahawksCordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
59Kansas City ChiefsD'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
60Dallas CowboysObi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut
61Green Bay PackersTeez Tabor, CB, Florida
62Pittsburgh SteelersFabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
63Atlanta FalconsIsaac Asiata, OG, Utah
64Carolina Panthers (from Patriots)Marcus Sanders-Williams, FS, Utah
Author's Predictions

 

Green Bay Adds Ball-Carrier

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Alvin Kamara #6 of the Tennessee Volunteers against the Northwestern Wildcats during the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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A wide receiver converted to a running back, Ty Montgomery, led the Packers with 457 rushing yards during the previous season on only 77 carries—six more than Eddie Lacy, who played five games.

Head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t rule out Montgomery as the No. 1 tailback for the upcoming campaign, per ESPN.com reporter Rob Demovsky, but Green Bay shouldn’t consider him as a three-down ball-carrier for an entire season. The 2017 class offers ample talent at running back and only two came off the board in the opening round.

Tennessee prospect Alvin Kamara carries a compact frame (5’10”, 214 lbs) similar to Montgomery with the experience at the position. After leaving Alabama and playing for Hutchinson Community College in 2014, he logged just 210 carries over the past two seasons with the Volunteers. Kamara comes into the league with fresh legs.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller lists the Tennessee product as one of the best players available on Day 2:

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Day 2 BPA: Quincy Wilson Joe Mixon Forrest Lamp Cam Robinson Alvin Kamara Budda Baker Chidobe Awuzie Sidney Jones

Ironically, Green Bay selected, Lacy, its former featured back in the second round of the 2013 draft at No. 61 overall. In this spot, at No. 33, Kamara should be the choice to help balance the offense and take pressure off of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Cam Robinson Falls to Jacksonville Jaguars on Day 2

At No. 20, the Denver Broncos selected the first offensive lineman, Garett Bolles, among the 2017 prospects. According to Adam Schefter, it's the latest we've waited for the position to be picked since 1967:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

With Garrett Bolles going to Denver at No. 20, this is the latest that the first OL has been drafted in common draft era (1967).

Among this year's group, offensive line talent leaves a lot to be desired, but tackle Cam Robinson to the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a great fit for both parties. In Round 1, the team drafted Leonard Fournette, who does most of his damage between the tackles.

The Alabama prospect brings grit and raw strength in his play style. Whether he lines up at right tackle or moves inside, lanes will open for Fournette behind a 6'6", 322-pound lineman with a mean streak.

The decision to acquire Robinson adds protection for quarterback Blake Bortles, who likely needs a solid year to keep his starting job beyond the 2017 season. The front office traded for left tackle Branden Albert in the offseason.

Another addition to the trenches would show a concerted effort to help a struggling quarterback on the hot seat. An improved ground attack with a strengthened offensive line should put the Jaguars in contention within a weak division.

Chicago Bears Follow Draft Shocker with Value Pick

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Malik McDowell #4 of the Michigan State Spartans intercepts a pass and returns it for the touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium  on November 28, 2015 in East Lansing, Michig
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On Thursday, the Chicago Bears set the stage for the trading frenzy to acquire quarterbacks. With the No. 36 overall pick, general manager Ryan Pace should add a borderline first-round prospect in 6'6", 295-pound defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio would have the ability to experiment with his fit.

According to NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, McDowell flashed as a developing player, but he may benefit from a move to 3-4 defensive end:

"McDowell lacked production along the interior and could benefit from a move to a defensive end spot in a 4-3 or 3-4 front. McDowell is raw, but when he flashes, it can be blinding. McDowell is an explosive, ascending prospect with All-Pro potential if he grows into his body and takes the necessary coaching."

Despite a lack of production in sack numbers, there's potential pent up in McDowell's body that could push him to new heights within the pros if released. As a respected defensive mind in the league, Fangio may be able to fully unlock the strengths in the Michigan State prospect's skill set.

Editor's note: This article did not initially take Thursday's trades into account. We regret the error.

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